Belarus ready to return to dialogue with Canada, Lukashenka says

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the people of Canada on the anniversary of the independence of the state and expressed readiness to resume cooperation, despite the sanctions imposed against Minsk, the press service of the head of the Belarusian state reported."President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the people of Canada on the national holiday - the next anniversary of the state's independence," the press service said. In his congratulations, Lukashenka "expressed confidence that interpersonal contacts and friendship, tempered by time, will prove stronger than sanctions and force Canadian politicians to return to a normal dialogue.""The Belarusian side is ready to resume constructive work for the benefit of our peoples," the head of the Belarusian state said.


Poland will no longer pay aid to Ukrainian refugees

From July 1, the Polish government stops paying allowances to Ukrainian refugees. Rzeczpospolita publishes the information based on the statement of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Poland, Pawel Sheffernaker.According to the publication, the government's decision to suspend taxes for Ukrainian refugees is explained by the large expenses incurred in the previous 4 months.According to a representative of the Polish government, the majority of refugees can adapt and no longer depend on the Polish government's assistance.In addition, according to the government, benefits will apply to certain categories in a particularly difficult situation, such as families with many children, disabled people, and pregnant women.The Polish government gave 40 zlotys per day to Ukrainian refugees.


Hong Kong: Xi Jinping defends China's rule at handover anniversary

The Chinese leader mounted a stern defence of the political system in a speech in Hong Kong, following recent international criticism.Hong Kong is marking 25 years since Britain returned the city to China.It is under tight security as it hosts Mr Xi, who is on his first trip outside of the mainland in two years.Under "one country two systems", Hong Kong is supposed to be governed in a way that gives it a high degree of autonomy and protects freedom of speech and assembly, and other rights not found in mainland China.But in recent years China has been criticised for increasing its control of Hong Kong and enacting laws and reforms that stifle free speech and dissent.


U.S. to boost military presence in Europe as NATO bolsters its eastern flank

U.S. President Joe Biden pledged more American troops, warplanes and warships for Europe on Wednesday as NATO agreed the biggest strengthening of its deterrents since the Cold War in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


The first ship with grain for friendly countries left the port in Berdyansk

The first ship in several months with grain left the port of Berdyansk, said the head of the military-civilian administration of Zaporozhye Yevhen Balitsky."After several months of inactivity, the first merchant ship left the Berdyansk commercial seaport. Seven thousand tons of grain went to friendly countries," Balitsky wrote in his Telegram channel.


Turkey supports Finland and Sweden Nato bid

Nato member Turkey has agreed to support Sweden and Finland's membership of the alliance.It had initially opposed the Nordic countries' bids to join.Turkey was angered by what it saw as their willingness to host Kurdish militants. Sweden and Finland could not join Nato without Turkey's support.Russia strongly opposes the two states joining and has used the expansion of the West's defensive military alliance as a pretext for its war in Ukraine.But Moscow's invasion has had the opposite effect, with the path now clear for the two countries to join Nato.Foreign ministers from the three countries signed a joint security pact that addressed Turkey's concerns.


"Ukraine's accession to NATO may lead to a third world war," said Dmitry Medvedev

Ukraine's accession to NATO could lead to a third world war if it tries to invade Crimea in the future," said Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.He said that any military operation by the Ukrainian side on the Crimean peninsula would be considered a declaration of war with Russia. However, as Medvedev explains, Russia is not against Sweden and Finland joining NATO."Crimea is part of Russia for us. Any attempt to invade Crimea is a declaration of war on our country, and if a NATO member country does that, it is a conflict with the entire North Atlantic Alliance. third World war. Total disaster."Because of the unresolved territorial disputes and differing views on the status of Crimea, Ukraine's entry into NATO poses a greater threat to Russia than the accession of Finland and Sweden to the alliance," Medvedev said.For reference, Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and declared the territory part of Russia.The three-day NATO summit begins today in the Spanish capital Madrid. According to the information published on the NATO website, the leaders of the alliance will gather to discuss the most pressing security issues and to approve the new strategic concept of NATO.The summit agenda includes, among other things, a discussion of how Russia's brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the new security reality in Europe have affected NATO's containment and defense approach.


,,Stacks'' of bodies': 46 dead migrants found in truck in Texas

The bodies of 46 dead migrants were discovered inside a tractor-trailer on Monday in San Antonio, Texas, city officials said, in one of the most deadly recent incidents of human smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border.


The Dutch began to evict Ukrainian refugees living with them

Municipal authorities in the Netherlands are preparing for an influx of Ukrainian refugees into shelters, as local residents who previously hosted refugees do not want to leave them alone in their homes during the summer holidays, writes NU.nl.“The cat goes to a boarding house (meaning pet hotels – ed.), and Ukrainians go to a shelter. Yes, this is a harsh reality,” said one of the participants in the Dutch refugee program.The publication notes that about 1,200 Ukrainian refugees live in the region of Central and West Brabant. Since the beginning of June, some host families have begun to contact the local authorities with a question whether they can accommodate refugees in municipal shelters for the summer period.


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Boris Johnson warns Russian victory in Ukraine would be "absolutely catastrophic"

Allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would have "absolutely catastrophic" consequences for the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in a CNN interview on Sunday.Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union" hours after Russian missiles hit Kyiv, Johnson urged Americans, Britons and others in the West to maintain resolve in punishing Moscow, despite the effect the war has had on global oil prices."I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy," Johnson said."And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do ... then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic."He earlier promised further financial support for Ukraine — including another $525 million in guarantees for World Bank lending later this year, according to Downing Street.Johnson also cautioned against fatigue over the war, saying "Now is not the time to give up on Ukraine."


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Zelensky to address G7 as leaders game plan next stage of their response to Russia’s war in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden and fellow world leaders, huddled in the Bavarian Alps, will hear Monday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as they mull over the next phase of his country’s grinding war with Russia.The conflict has been at the center of the Group of 7 summit.Leaders have decided on new steps to isolate Russia’s economy, including a ban on new imports of Russian gold, and are pledging support for Zelensky as his country suffers setbacks in the east.There are other important topics on the agenda, including a new effort to counter China’s infrastructure investments in the developing world that have extended Beijing’s influence across the globe.But how much longer the Western front can remain united against Russia is the question looming over these talks.Zelensky, who is also planning to address this week’s NATO summit in Madrid, has pressed the West for accelerated sanctions on Moscow and heavy artillery to beat back the Russian invaders.


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Xi Jinping opposes unilateral sanctions

Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the meeting of the leaders of the largest developing countries, saying that the world must resist unilateral sanctions and the efforts of individual countries to maintain their political and military power.Xi Jinping's speech at the virtual meeting of the BRICS leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa reflected Russia's tacit support for its war in Ukraine and its desire to form an international alliance against the US-led liberal democratic order.The BRICS summit comes amid growing concerns about the outlook for the global economy and a growing political rift between China and India.Countries need to "renounce the Cold War mentality and bloc confrontation, oppose unilateral sanctions and abuses of sanctions, and abandon hegemonic small factions, forming one big family belonging to the community with a common future for mankind," Xi Jinping said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.